A sixth firefighter killed battling California wildfires

A sixth firefighter killed battling California wildfires

A sixth firefighter killed battling California wildfires

"It is extremely dry and susceptible to fire", Derek Tisinger, Cal Fire Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer told NPR.

Cal Fire predicts the Mendocino fire will be fully contained by September 1.

According to reports by the Lake County News, the firefighter was struck by a tree while fighting the Ranch Fire in Lake County. The Carr fire stood at 65 percent containment after blackening 207,000 acres.

A PG&E employee was killed in a vehicle incident while working to restore services to areas affected by the Carr Fire on August 4.

The fires in the Monashee Complex are lower on the priority list because they're burning in remote areas and not threatening homes.

Not only had the family's home been spared from the flames but the family pet, a reddish-brown betta fish named Grant, had been kindly looked after in their absence.

Below this message was another hand written note from police officers.

Data compiled by CAL FIRE, the state's fire agency, shows that fires for the year-to-date have burned five times more acreage in California compared the five-year average.

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In Southern California the Holy Fire, which authorities say was set on August 6 by a disgruntled homeowner in an Orange County canyon, was 59 percent contained after torching more than 22,000 acres and destroying a dozen cabins.

Firefighters who have been battling the Holy Jim Canyon in eastern Orange County paused on Monday to provide life-saving aid to a deer who was suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Forrest Clark, 51, made several outbursts, claiming his life was being threatened and saying the arson charge against him was a lie.

His bail has been set at $1 million dollars. The fire is burning near the Mendocino National Forest, about 140 miles northwest of Sacramento. It is 86 percent contained, with full containment expected on Wednesday. Add in fires on Forest Service land that's burned and its almost a sevenfold increase in acreage burned compared to normal.

Yosemite National Park will reopen Tuesday, 14 days after a wildfire choked the park with smoke at the peak of tourist season.

The next phase for firefighters, he explained, is preparing to "reduce erosion when the winter rains come".

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